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DANCE

Examining Body -

AQA

LINEAR

REQUIREMENTS -

GCSE LEVEL

Grade 6 in Dance or relevant dance experience

COURSE DESCRIPTION

A Level Dance is a dynamic qualification which encourages

students to develop their creative and intellectual capacity,

alongside transferableskills suchas teamworking, communication

and problem solving. All of these are sought after skills by

higher education and employers.

The A Level Dance specification requires students to develop,

demonstrate and articulate practical and theoretical knowledge,

understanding and experience of:

technical and performance skills

the process and art of choreography

the interrelationship between the creation, presentation and

viewing/appreciation of dance works

the development of dance placed within an artistic and

cultural context

professional dance works

PROGRESSION

“In order to prepare students for the diversity of the contemporary

danceprofession, studentsare taughtbyawiderangeofpracticing

dance artists andacademics, eachprominent in their particular

fieldofspecialismandexpertise.Theundergraduateprogramme

trains students tobe technically advanced, versatileandcreative

dance artists, which is why so many top choreographers are

keen to work with our graduates.”

Trinity Laban Conservatoire

Career opportunities that are available are: Dancer, Choreographer,

Community Dance Practitioner, Dance Journalist, Teacher,

Dance Therapist, Youth Worker.

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ASSESSMENT

A LEVEL

- comprised of two exams:

COMPONENT 1

- PERFORMANCE & CHOREOGRAPHY

PRACTICAL EXAM

50%

of A Level mark

Task 1: Solo performance linked to a practitioner within an area of study

• Students perform as a soloist between 2-3 minutes

• Solo performancemust encapsulate the stylistic features of the chosen practitioner

• The performance is examined by a moderator from AQA

In addition students are required to write a Programme note, of no more than 150

words, which identifies the chosen practitioner and reveals an insight into the stylistic

features explored.

Task 2: Performance within a quartet

• Students must perform in a duet or trio which lasts between 3-4 minutes in

length in a live performance setting

• The dance can be performed in a named style from the specification and

does not need to be in the style of a practitioner

Students must write a Programme note, of no more than 300 words, which clearly

informs the examiner of the choreographic intention of the work and how it relates

to the selected assessment task.

Task 3: Group choreography

• Students must create an original piece of group choreography, which lasts for a

minimum of three minutes to a maximum of four minutes

• Choreographies must include three, four or five dancers, and is in response to

an externally set task.

COMPONENT 2

- CRITICAL ENGAGEMENT

WRITTEN EXAM

50%

of A Level mark

Knowledge, understanding and critical appreciation of two dance works

• Written paper is 180 minutes

• The question paper has 2 sections:

SECTION A:

Short answer questions (25 marks) and one essay question

(25 marks) on the compulsory set work/area of study

SECTION B:

Two essay questions on the second set work/area of study (25

marks for each essay)

ADDITIONAL COSTS

The students are required to purchase dance department uniform

as well as other appropriate dance movement clothing, and relevant

text books. There are theatre trips and visits to dance institutes,

which are optional and vary in cost.